Do I have asthma?

I've been experiencing a cough for the last several months. It is just a dry cough with wheezing at the end, but at times I cough so much it gives me a headache! I also choke sometimes. I've been to the doctor and he told me it was probably one of three things. (He did do a lung xray - everything fine there.) Reflux, allergies, or asthma. Because I also do have reflux, he gave me nexium to see if that would help. It hasn't. It has been a month now and today I've coughed so much my chest hurts. The doctor is calling me in a nose spray and an inhaler to see if this helps. What is it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It could be asthma or allergies. For a lot of people, post nasal drip can trigger coughing. Sometimes the allergens make it passed the nose, into the lungs, causing the cough. For many people allergies can cause trigger asthma.

    I have allergy induced asthma. As soon as it gets nice, I cough a lot, have breathing problems, and get out of breath easily. Usually a cocktail of asthma and allergy medications make me feel somewhat human again.

  • pete m
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Hi it does not sound like asthma as you only wheeze when you cough, it could be a chest infection, how long ago was your x-ray, for the reflux ask for lansoprasol, it works great and lasts 24 hours.

  • 1 decade ago

    OHMIGOD...I'm having deja vu. I've been there...I AM there. It took me TWO years to finally get a diagnosis. I broke ribs from coughing! They tried to tell me that I had acid reflux (I didn't), asthma (I don't), allergies (nope), a cold (hello...it's been TWO YEARS!) It turns out that I have sarcoidosis. My chest xray was clear, but it showed up in my lymph nodes in a HRCT (high resolution cat scan). Go and ask for a test for this. Good luck :)

    Source(s): Living it
  • KAT
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    WELL I CANT TELL YOU IF ITS ASTHMA BUT,MY SON HAS ASTHMA AND THEY FIRST DID A CHEST X-RAY PUT HIM ON ZYRTEC FOR

    ALLERGIES AND HAD US GIVE HIM A TUMS TWICE A DAY.

    HE IS 9 AND THESE THINGS DID HELP BUT,HIS COUGH DID NOT GO AWAY AND DURING EXERCISES HE WOULD GET A PAIN.

    SO I GOT A REFERRAL TO A LUNG SPECIALIST AND THEY DID A COMPLETE-WORK UP ON HIM(CT OF LUNGS,DIFF TYPE OF X-RAY,BREATHING STUDY ON A TREADMILL AND IN THE OFFICE,BLOOD WORK)THIS CONFIRMED THE DIAGNOSIS OF ASTHMA AND HE IS NOW ON THE CORRECT MEDS. UP UNTIL THIS POINT HE DID NOT FEEL BETTER.IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING!!

    I HOPE THIS HELPS.

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